This is San Diego all over again for the Seahawks' offense -- only it's 60 degrees cooler on the field.
For the defense, it's been painful.
Seattle ran just 17 plays for 83 net yards in the first half against Dallas. They ran just five plays in the second quarter, the period in which the Seahawks' defense lost middle linebacker Bobby Wagner to a foot injury and cornerback Byron Maxwell to an ankle injury. Both were off the field getting treatment inside during the final half of the second period, while the Cowboys were scoring 17 unanswered points to take a 17-10 lead into the break.
In that second quarter the Seahawks had undrafted rookie Brock Coyle at middle linebacker, Aug. 30 trade pick-up Marcus Burley at right cornerback and Saturday practice-squad promotion Steve Terrell at nickle back on defense. And that doesn't count strong safety Kam Chancellor playing with a strained hip and looking slow in the open field as Cowboys sped past him.
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In some ways, it's a wonder it's only 17-10.
The Seahawks have stayed in the game thanks to wide receiver Doug Baldwin sprinting off the edge of Cowboys' punt formation and blocking Chris Jones' boot early in the first quarter. Mike Morgan scooped up the ball and ran 25 yards for the touchdown that made it 10-0 Seattle less than 8 minutes into the game.
Marshawn Lynch has just two carries, for eight yards. He also caught a screen pass. Three touches every 17 snaps won't cut it for this second half.
Russell Wilson is 6 for 8 passing for 61 yards. He has been sacked twice, and escaped at least three other sacks. After running for a Seahawks quarterback-record 122 yards Monday night at Washington, Wilson has 3 yards on one scramble.
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